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Caught up in an avalanche: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experience of home loss through eviction in Greater London

Grangeiro, M. R. (2019). Caught up in an avalanche: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experience of home loss through eviction in Greater London. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)


The objective of this study was to explore the meaning and experiences of home loss through eviction. An interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) methodology were adopted as the study was focused on understanding the meaning and experiences of participants towards home loss through eviction. In accordance with the ideographic focus of IPA, my sample was relatively small with seven participants. In order to keep my sample fairly homogenous I focused on participants who had lost their homes due to eviction (defined broadly as any forced relocation/displacement from a property) within the last 18 months. The method of data collection used was one-to-one semi-structured interviews that lasted between 47 to 120 minutes. An interview schedule was constructed to facilitate the interview as a discussion of relevant topics in an open and sensitive manner. The multi-layered nature of home was confirmed by this study. Home provides safety and a space to be oneself and family relationships are fundamentally linked to the home. Conceptual evidence from the participant’s accounts emerged that links the eviction experience generally and specific elements to trauma. The consequences of eviction are linked to the previously raised suggestion that loss of a home results in grief. Evidence of impacts to the self were explored evidencing a sense of shame. The individuals in this study may have benefited from psychological interventions in relation to a number of the mental health consequences noted in their experiences. In addition, it is argued that Counselling Psychologists should move towards the role of scientist-practitioner-advocates so that they can influence policy and society in relation to this issue. Future research should look to understand the eviction experience from multiple viewpoints and consider the effectiveness of psychological interventions for people that are in the process of an eviction or that have experienced an eviction in the past.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Doctoral Theses
Doctoral Theses > School of Arts and Social Sciences Doctoral Theses
School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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